Do you want me to tell you the of Miami?
If you are looking for something extraordinary vacation experience, go Miami. Imagine yourself surrounded with a few beaches full of palm trees, some extra expensive hotels in Art Deco style, a handful of glam clubs, and a temperature above 30 ° C; it is awesome. Enjoy the world class beaches and cocktail Latin rhythms.
Let me tell you, you can have countless imaginations when you think of landing at real Miami. During my three days stay, I explored everything from beaches with fine golden sand, luxury hotels in shades of pink, huge clubs, downtown area, bay side – port of Miami area; Miami is sexy, exotic, alluring, even arrogant, but an undeniable charm. Let us begin the ride now.
Miami is the gateway to Latin America. Cuba is just 330 miles away, so the city became a symbol of salvation for Cubans after the Cuban Revolution (1953 to 1959). They settled in a compact community, which today is known as Little Havana. The most important part of the neighborhood is along artery Calle Ocho, the street you sure you know at least from Pitbull’s songs.
Sun and temperatures; two things that amazed me the most. I arrived at Miami Intentional Airport (July 28, 2016) from Las Vegas. Hold your horses, I will be talking about my Las Vegas experience in my upcoming series.
After having a wonderful hospitality from United Airlines’ air-hostesses (5-6 hours’ flight), another surprise was already waiting for me at the arrival area; my best buddy Hector was there to escort me to my hotel. It is one of the most beautiful feelings. Seriously, I danced for joy!
During my ride to the hotel, we halted at a restaurant; cannot recall its name now. But, it was fantastic. For the first time, I realized the difference between Indian large meal and American large meal; no offense, but you guys really have a huge appetite. (LMAO). How on the earth I am supposed to eat that all?
What’s next? As you approach the city, it appears in front of the skyline of Downtown Miami (center with office buildings and skyscrapers). Yes, I had seen many other skyscrapers. But with palm trees and ocean to go; was the lifetime experience.
Wait a minute. How can I not mention about the Cruise that was leaving its’ dock, I guess. Honestly speaking, I always wanted to have a cruise ride, but, so far, never had a luck. Never mind! There is always the next time.
Next up was, my hotel – Chesterfield Hotel & Suites. At that time, because of a heavy head and restless body, shower, and a bed were two desperate desires of mine. A bellboy escorted me to my room.
Trust me, I never had such a wonderful sleep before. Right after two hours, I woke up and ordered some snacks for me. I was served with chips and red wine. Yummy!
There was still some time in my second meeting with Hector. So, I pulled a chair to the lobby area of my hotel. Right in front of me was – Armani Exchange; one of the brands I admire the most. So, I jumped down (not actually jumped, but use stairs. Lol). No Photography was allowed in the outlet. But, it was amazing and expensive and my obsession for Armani crossed the next level.
Look at the wonderful view of the street; peace all around. It was time for the sun to go home and stars to come out. The night was about to start and couples were already on the roads. Unfortunately, I was all alone in the paradise. But, I was loving that.
Then, I and Hector visited Bayside – Port of Miami. It was breathtaking and it worked like an F5 (refresh) button for me. While my mate was ordering some drink, I managed to click a few pictures of the scenic beauty. Just look at the pictures.
In the evening, I was then joined by my best buddy Hector and his wife, Camilla. It was a welcome dinner for me and it was their shout. I had no idea of what to order, except my favorite Vodka Mojito (vodka, soda, lime juice, and mint leaves). I am seriously in love with this drink; refreshing.
We ordered some food; I have no food names for you. But they were Yummy. The discussion started with my thoughts of Miami and went up to the cultural differences between us. Well, we were three people from three different worlds; Hector is from Cuba, his wife is from Colombia and me, from India.
People talk a lot about going abroad and making money. But, it is not that easy. After hearing the story of Hector and his wife, I must say, it takes a lot of courage before you decide to migrate to a completely different world. It is not at all easy to establish yourself to a completely stranger place. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about any racial challenges, but others.
Thank you, Hector and Camilla, for such a wonderful dinner and a very motivational discussion. Your struggle story inspired me a lot. For that first time, I felt like, I had a struggle free childhood. After clicking a few shots, we left for our places.
After they signed off, I was all alone. Nightlife in Miami is awesome. I stopped by a bar – Clevelander and had a few drinks.
I wanted to cash some moments of my own, but linguistically, it was little difficult for me. I experienced that most of the people around there speak Spanish.
Though I was living in a hotel that was so close the beach, but my friend insisted on Hollywood beach. Unlike other beaches, this one, in particular, is very calm and not much crowded. This beach in Miami is all you could ever want.
Besides being huge, sand is very fine and the color of the ocean is unreal; at least for me, it was unreal. If you catch a date with waves you’ll never want to leave again. Now think of all kinds of water sports. You thought? Well, you will find at this wonderful beach.
It was really a hot day; seems like you are sitting next to a barbecue. All thanks to Hector for bringing beach umbrellas. And, thanks to the beach esky for offering us chilled Corona (beer).
That was my final day in Miami. I know, I missed a few things. But, as I said, there is always the next time.